An Accidental Advance? South Africa’s 2009 Elections

October 2009

The ANC saw its first-ever decline in vote share in South Africa's 2009 parliamentary elections. Will the ANC heed this warning to mend internal divisions and reconnect with voters?

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Tanzania's Missing Opposition

October 2009

The country's long-ruling party has never faced a serious electoral challenge—due not only to opposition weakness but also to a deliberate strategy of suppression.

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Angola's Façade Democracy

October 2009

Parliamentary elections in 2008 secured the MPLA's hegemony and decimated the opposition, while paradoxically increasing the government's legitimacy.

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Democratization by Elections? Opposition Weakness in Africa

July 2009

Due to weak opposition parties and presidential dominance, many African countries have not reaped the full benefits of regularly held elections.

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Another Step Forward for Ghana

April 2009

Ghana held its fourth successful elections in late 2008 and subsequently witnessed the peaceful handover of power from ruling party to opposition. The country’s leaders must now reform its institutions of governance.

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